Democrats Running for Governor

Massachusetts Democratic Candidates For Governor Talk Policy In Pittsfield

From WAMC.org – Northeast Public Radio
By Josh Landes – Mar 26, 2018

All three Democratic candidates for governor (running against Governor Charlie Baker) recently participated in a forum in Pittsfield. Read this story and learn more about Robert Massie, Setti Warren and Jay Gonzalez.

If all three are approved at the Democratic State Convention in early June, then all three will be on the primary ballot in the September 4 State Primary. To vote for Democratic candidates in the primary, you must be a registered Democrat or unenrolled. You must have registered to vote by August 15.

Disability Impact on Lamb Victory

from The Daily Kos, by Chris Reeves, published Wednesday, March 14, 2018

“…One item that won’t get enough praise, though, will be the efforts by the Pennsylvania Democratic State Party, as well as local organizations and the campaign to mobilize and turnout voters to the polls, especially voters with disabilities — because in the end, more important than any other item, is taking voters who believe in your cause and changing them from believers sitting at home, to believers who vote.

It is time to talk about why state efforts on this front are sometimes wildly underappreciated, but why their impact matters….”

Read the entire article at www.dailykos.com.

Lead On, ADAPT!

Editorial from the March 19, 2018 Disability Policy Consortium Weekly Update:

Lead On, ADAPT!

ADAPT is at it again.  They are showing, once again, that they hold the high ground in our movement when it comes to putting their money and their bodies where their mouth is.  By the time you read this, ADAPT will be in their 11th day outside the home of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director, Scott Gottlieb.  Since 2016, the FDA has had draft regulations which would ban the use of electric shock devices as therapy on people with disabilities.  Commissiomer Gottlieb has refused to release the regulations.
For too long, we have been fighting to shut down the Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton.  Torture is not treatment!
You can donate here.  They can use your support. Consider making a donation to help our courageous brothers and sisters.
We at the DPC say, in the words of the immortal Justin Dart “Lead On, ADAPT!”

Legislative Advocacy Priorities Guide Spring 2018 from NCIL

This guide, by the National Council on Independent Living, lists all of the legislative priorities related to Independent Living.  The number and scope of these priorities is formidable.  The guide will advise you on important issues that you can alert your legislators about.  If you don’t like their responses, take action at the polls!

View the entire NCIL Legislative Advocacy Priorities Guide Spring 2018.

Results of National Poll of Voters with and without Disabilities

From RespectAbility.org

Washington, D.C., Feb. 13, 2018 – A new national phone poll of registered voters shows the size, scope, and varied nature of the disability community in the United States. Fully 63 percent of American voters are in the extended disability community — people with disabilities, a family member with a disability, a close friend with a disability, work on behalf of people with disabilities, or volunteer for disability causes.

Click Here to read the entire poll – lots of important data!  2018 will be an important year for disability issues.

Webinar March 8 – Being Nonpartisan

Being Nonpartisan: Voter Engagement Dos and Don’ts for 501(c)(3) Nonprofits

From NonProfitVote.org

Thursday, March 8, 2018 – 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST

Register Online

If you’re new to voter engagement work, you may have questions about what your organization is permitted to do as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The answer is a lot, as long as you do it on a nonpartisan basis. In this webinar, participants will discuss how to ensure that your nonprofit remains nonpartisan while engaging clients, consumers, staff, and constituents around voting and elections. The webinar includes explanations of IRS rules, do’s and don’t’s for nonprofits, and more.

If you can’t “attend” the webinar, it will be available online afterwards.  Browse the website for other valuable webinars.

Test Voting Process at Perkins

Did you get our email about an Opportunity to Test the Voting Process for People with Disabilities at Perkins? (see below)  We have new information!  The Testing Schedule has been released!  Perkins is still searching for testers with low vision or mobility limitations, especially those who could test a sip and puff or switch control device.  And they are offering a $25.00 Amazon gift card to all volunteers that complete the testing module, as an incentive.  If you are interested, and/or have questions, please contact Akira Fujita, Accessibility Consultant, at akira.fujita@perkins.org or (617) 972-7804.

  • Friday, April 6th (Non-Disabled, Non-native English) Location: Perkins Campus :  10 AM – 4 PM
  • Monday, April 9th (Mobility) Location: (TBD):   10 AM – 4 PM
  • Wednesday, April 11th (Low Vision and Blind) Location: Perkins Campus:  10 AM – 4 PM

 

Email sent out February 7, 2018:

The Perkins School for the Blind will be testing voting tools to determine the level of accessiblity and to provide feedback in regards to the user experience.  To help with this endeavor, Perkins is looking for individuals who could participate in the roles of poll work or tester.

Perkins will be creating the environment of a “mock election” and going through the voting process as if it were a real election.

This project will take place on the Perkins Campus in Watertown, MA, probably the last week of March or the first week of April.

If you are interested, and/or have questions, please contact Akira Fujita, Accessibility Consultant, at akira.fujita@perkins.org or (617) 972-7804.

As accessibility remains a major barrier to voting for people with disabilities, we strongly encourage you to consider getting involved in this effort!

HR 620 Passes – Why we need to vote!

ADAPT Activists were recently in Washington, trying to prevent passage of House Bill 620 which significantly weakens the ADA. The bill has not yet been taken up by the Senate. The legislation passed 225-192 in the House.

“The idea that places of public accommodation should receive a free pass for six months before correctly implementing a law that has been a part of our legal framework for nearly three decades creates an obvious disincentive for ADA compliance,” Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), the first quadriplegic to serve in Congress, said during House floor debate.

Read The Hill coverage of this bill.

ADAPT condemns the passing of the HR 620 bill in the House

Voter Engagement Plan and Timeline

Creating a Voter Engagement Plan and Timeline for Your Nonprofit

Free Webinar from Nonprofit Vote (www.nonprofitvote.org)
When: Thursday, Feb. 8th, 2:00PM ET, 11:00AM PT
“In this webinar we’ll dig deep into how to create a voter engagement plan for your nonprofit. In past “Plan Ahead” webinars we’ve combined planning with a survey of voter engagement tactics. This year we’ll be dedicating the entire hour and a half to planning. (We’ll discuss tactics in Part 2.) We’ll cover exactly what you need to do to have a successful voter engagement campaign in 2018 and when you need to do it. Attendees will receive a 2018 timeline handout and a planning worksheet.”